Various Artists

Growin' Up Too Fast: The Girl Group Anthology

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A two-CD, 50-song collection of girl group hits and misses originally released on the MGM, Smash, Philips, Fontana, 20th Century Fox, and Mercury labels in the early and mid-'60s. It's nice to have some of these rarities easily available in state-of-the-art fidelity, but it's not one of the best girl group compilations around, in terms of either thematic coherence or consistent quality. The hits by the Shangri-Las, Lesley Gore, Dusty Springfield, the Angels, and the Royalettes are good to great, but are better heard in the context of their own compilations. Much of the rest -- by obscure singers like Ginny Arnell, the Pixies Three, and Beverly Washburn -- is pleasant but rather forgettable. There are some really neat one-shots and lost classics here, though, like Diane Renay's Top Ten hit, "Navy Blue," and her flop follow-up, "Watch Out, Sally!," is one of the toughest white girl group records ever. Also cool are the Secrets' "The Boy Next Door" (an Angels sound-alike) and the two songs by Sadina, which are among the best unknown Wall-of-Sound-type productions ever.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:14 Amazon
2 02:19 Amazon
3 02:19 Amazon
4 02:28 Amazon
5 02:30 Amazon
6 01:44 Amazon
7 02:32 Amazon
8 02:33 Amazon
9 03:11 Amazon
10 01:59 Amazon
11 02:45 Amazon
12 02:10 Amazon
13 02:15 Amazon
14 01:55 Amazon
15 02:52 Amazon
16 01:59 Amazon
17 02:19 Amazon
18 02:16 Amazon
19 02:58 Amazon
20 02:00 Amazon
21 02:36 Amazon
22 03:02 Amazon
23 02:20 Amazon
24 02:14 Amazon
25 03:18 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:51 Amazon
2 02:35 Amazon
3 02:15 Amazon
4 02:40 Amazon
5 02:45 Amazon
6 02:14 Amazon
7 02:16 Amazon
8 02:45 Amazon
9 02:19 Amazon
10 02:05 Amazon
11 02:39 Amazon
12 02:51 Amazon
13 02:23 Amazon
14 03:12 Amazon
15 02:20 Amazon
16 02:15 Amazon
17 02:06 Amazon
18 02:43 Amazon
19 02:06 Amazon
20 02:15 Amazon
21 02:53 Amazon
22 02:14 Amazon
23 02:23 Amazon
24 02:43 Amazon
25 02:32 Amazon
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